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What do Californians Think About the Presidential Deadlock?

Aired November 29, 2000 - 2:53 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, the Gore team officially contested the results in Florida two days ago. Let's find out how some Americans are thinking and feeling these days about where we are at in this process.

Greg Lefevre is on street of San Francisco, talking with people -- Greg.

GREG LEFEVRE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know, Natalie, on election night, the decision was made very quickly here in California. Vice President Gore took it handily, winning, I think, by about a 12 percent margin. But we're watching Florida. With me is Julia.

When you look at Florida and the all the haps that are going on: Are these guys doing the right thing? Is Bush doing the right thing? Is Gore doing the right thing?

JULIA, CALIFORNIA RESIDENT: Well, I think honestly think that it's time for it all to be over. I'm a Gore supporter, but it just concerns how me how much money is being spent to prolong the whole process. And I think it's time to come to an end.

LEFEVRE: Chris, you've been watching the events in Florida. What you think about what's happening there?

CHRIS, CALIFORNIA RESIDENT: Well, I think it's really time for Vice President Gore to concede and move on with the election, and let Governor Bush take his role as the incumbent president of the United States.

LEFEVRE: Here in San Francisco, you talked to lot of folks. What are your friends telling you? Should it be over? Should it go on?

CHRIS: Well, the first thing, here in San Francisco, everybody is pretty vocal, but I think everybody is pretty much ready for it to be over and move on. I think everybody has a consensus here in the city that it's -- that it's over and it's time for the vice president to move on.

LEFEVRE: OK, Julia, do you think our country is going to survive this OK? Are we going to be a good country in two months, six months, eight months? JULIA: I think eventually, yes. I think there will probably be some repercussions on -- and -- but I think we will survive. I mean, we have survived worse. And I think it will some time to kind of get back into -- get our unity back. But we will survive, yes.

LEFEVRE: OK. Very good. Folks, thank you very much.

CHRIS: Thank you.

LEFEVRE: A lesson in civics and a little bit of current American history here in San Francisco.

Greg Lefevre, CNN, reporting live -- Natalie, back to you.

ALLEN: Thanks, Greg.

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